GLASGOW, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Rangers trounced Aberdeen 3-0 to go top of the Scottish Premier League on Sunday after two blunders by Celtic keeper Artur Boruc sent the champions to a 3-2 defeat by Hibernian.
Rangers did all the damage in the second half, with goals from Lee McCulloch, Steven Naismith and Kris Boyd moving them on to 18 points, two more than second-placed Celtic.
McCulloch struck just 24 seconds into the second half, pouncing on a ball chested down by Gabon striker Daniel Cousin to crash a fabulous 35-metre volley high into the right of the net.
Naismith then killed the game with a decisive second goal on his first start since signing from Kilmarnock. He ended a marvellous run into the left of the box by cracking a shot across keeper Jamie Langfield from a tight angle in the 64th minute.
Substitute striker Boyd added the third, latching onto the ball on the left of the box before drilling a low 15-metre shot past Langfield in the 87th minute.
Rangers manager Walter Smith hailed McCulloch's strike, telling BBC Radio: 'It took something a little bit special to put us in front and Lee McCulloch's goal was a terrific goal.
'It was a hard-fought game and we had to work very hard.'
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan was busy waving away criticism of Boruc after his costly errors against Hibs.
The Polish keeper allowed a speculative 20-metre shot from Steven Fletcher to squirm over his sprawling body after five minutes.
Celtic levelled through Aiden McGeady in the 26th minute only for Hibs to move 2-1 ahead with a shot from Thierry Gathuessi just before the interval.
Celtic made it 2-2 with a Gary Caldwell header from a corner in the 66th minute only for Boruc to blunder again by dropping a shot and allowing Dean Shiels to knock the ball home.
Strachan told Setanta TV: 'It's two honest mistakes and we just have to get one with it. The boys, as a team, nearly pulled him out of the trouble he was in.'
Summing up, he added: 'We should never have got beaten there. We had chances and couldn't take them.'